Tunnel Escape (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 23)

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I think, based on the game’s title, that the idea is to escape. Except there is absolutely no indication about how you do that. Just make sure you avoid the ‘radioactive coal pieces’. (What kind of mine is this?!)

See the Commodore 64 version of Tunnel Escape
See the Acorn Electron version of Tunnel Escape
See the ZX81 version of Tunnel Escape

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Tunnel Escape (Commodore 64 Cassette 50 Game 23)

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I have to admit, if I was looking to escape a tunnel the first method that to spring into my mind would not be “a hot air balloon”.

And what do you know – this game just proves that really would be a bad way at trying to escape a tunnel.

See the Atari 8-bit version of Tunnel Escape
See the Acorn Electron version of Tunnel Escape
See the ZX81 version of Tunnel Escape

Tunnel Escape (ZX81 Cassette 50 Game 23)

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This game is a pretty accurate representation of how it is to be lost in the dark labyrinth of my mind. Right down to a voice shouting “GOTCHA!” just when you think you’re making progress.

Now, doesn’t that sound appealing?

See the Commodore 64 version of Tunnel Escape
See the Atari 8-bit version of Tunnel Escape
See the Acorn Electron version of Tunnel Escape

END OF SIDE ONE!

There were actually only 23 games on Side 1 of ZX81 Cassette 50. Let’s hope there are 27 on the other side and I don’t get stiffed like with the Acorn Electron version

Tunnel Escape (Acorn Electron Cassette 50 Game 23)

Now, if I was stuck in a tunnel I’d want to escape. And I’m sure you would too. So it’s good to get some practice in case it ever happens. Step forward Cassette 50’s Tunnel Escape. Now I need you to do a few things for me: Press play on the video …

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Note: the BBC Micro version is identical to the Acorn Electron version

Now, if I was stuck in a tunnel I’d want to escape. And I’m sure you would too. So it’s good to get some practice in case it ever happens.

Step forward Cassette 50’s Tunnel Escape.

Now I need you to do a few things for me:

  • Press play on the video below.
  • Pause it at about 4 seconds in. Read the instructions. Read them again. Scratch your head in bewilderment.
  • Press play again.
  • Wait until the 38 second mark, like I had to, while the computer “digs itself out” (selfish fucker, if it was making it’s escape surely the friendly thing to do would be to take me with it instead of leaving me in the dark to find my own way out).
  • See that my game of Tunnel Escape lasted all of 3 seconds, and that after I pressed the “up” key once I was told “YOU ARE LOST”.

Classic Cassette 50. Classic.

See the Commodore 64 version of Tunnel Escape
See the Atari 8-bit version of Tunnel Escape
See the ZX81 version of Tunnel Escape
This game is also very similar to Mole Hole on the Vic-20